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WHATSAPP is going ahead with plans to allow users to edit their texts.

This means that you will be able to quickly adjust the messages you have already sent to other WhatsApp users.


WhatsApp is working on a new trick to let you edit texts you’ve already sentCredit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

Edit text was Leaked as a feature “In development” on phones back in June.

Then earlier this week, it emerged that the feature is in development For desktop WhatsApp too.

Now the application investigators at WABetaInfo are working on a system that updates the application when you receive an edited message.

Otherwise, people who are using older versions of WhatsApp may not realize that a text has been edited.

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A new prompt will help users update to the latest version of WhatsApp when they receive a modified text.

Unfortunately, there are still many unknowns.

We don’t know if recipients will be alerted to make a modification or receive a record of what has been changed.

It’s also unclear how long you’ll have to edit a message – it probably won’t be an unlimited timer.

The biggest unknown is exactly when this feature will be rolled out to the general public.

WhatsApp always competes with apple A competitor, iMessage.

And at Apple’s WWDC 2022 event earlier this year, Apple confirmed a massive update to iMessage that’s now live.

Built-in Iphone The messenger now allows you to unsend messages – just like WhatsApp.

but the iOS 16 The update also adds a text message editor that lets you edit messages up to 15 minutes after they’ve been sent.

This means that iMessage has overtaken WhatsApp to feature.

If you want to try the latest WhatsApp features first, you can join the beta app.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your device Android And search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Be a beta tester”.

Press the “I’m in” button and then click “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Join the WhatsApp beta on iOS More difficult, limited capacity.

Follow the Apple guide over here.

How to edit texts on iPhone

Editing messages on WhatsApp may be a long way off, but you can edit iMessage texts for now.

Not all iMessages can be modified or deleted: there is a time limit.

You only have 15 minutes to make any changes to the text before the option runs out.

Simply press and hold on the message to edit it.

Recipients will be notified when the text is edited.

However, it will not be possible to see exactly what changes were made – unless you previously watched the message and remembered what was said.

It is also important that both the sender and the recipient are on iOS 16 for the feature to work.

So even if you have iOS 16, you won’t be able to unsend or edit a text to someone who hasn’t upgraded yet.

You’ll get a warning that some people won’t see your edits if this is the case.

For the feature to work, everyone needs to be running iOS 16.

To check if you have it, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

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